Cazenovia Picks up First Win of the 2007 Season

POULTNEY, VT. The Cazenovia College Wildcats men's lacrosse team picked up its first victory of the year on Sat., April 14. Playing the Green Mountain College Eagles, in Poultney, Vt., Cazenovia snapped a ten-game losing streak with a 20-4 victory. The Wildcats move to 1-10 on the year with the win. The Eagles, with the loss, move to 1-6 on the season.

Cazenovia took the lead in the first period with goals from Gareth Fabian ('10, Randolph, Vt. / Randolph-Union HS) and Zach Hooker ('09, Glens Falls, N.Y. / Glens Falls HS) at the 12:20 mark and 11:45 mark, respectively. Cazenovia would build on its lead in the second quarter with seven goals from five different Wildcats.

Jonathan Rodak ('08, Howell, N.J. / Monsignor Donovan, HS) scored a trio of second-period goals for the Wildcats that helped Cazenovia put the game out of reach. Rodack finished the competition with a game-high seven goals, three assists, a career-high ten points and four groundballs. Rodak now has a team-high 15 goals in 2007.

With the score favoring the Wildcats, 7-2, at the intermission, Cazenovia poured on the offense and added an impressive eleven second-half goals. Defensively, Cazenovia shut down the Eagles with ball control. The Eagles scored just two second-half goals.

The Wildcats' Christopher Lamb ('09, Ottawa, Ont. / Holy Trinity Catholic HS), who had an excellent day in the face-off circle, finished with a game-high 13 groundballs. Lamb also recorded an assist and two shots.

Cazenovia's goalie, Erik Tice ('09, Leeds, N.Y. / Cario-Durham HS), received credit for the win and moved to 1-10 on the year.

Cazenovia's 20-goal performance is season-high mark for the team. Cazenovia's 23--4 victory over Green Mountain on Sat., April 29, 2006, was the last time that the Wildcats scored twenty goals, or more, in a game. The 2006 victory over the Eagles was also Cazenovia's last lacrosse victory.

The win is also the first for Cazenovia's first-year head coach, Ryan Spillett. Spillett, who is the second coach in the history of the Cazenovia program, is a Le Moyne College graduate and a product of the legendary West Genesee High School lacrosse program.

A complete box score of the game is not available because Green Mountain College's Sports Information Department provided incomplete statistics.

Cazenovia plays its final road-game of the season on Wed., April 18. The Wildcats travel to Rochester, N.Y., to take on St. John Fisher College at 4:00 PM.


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